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Maryland is the 7th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. Its most populous city is Baltimore, and the state capitol is located in Annapolis.

LGBT Rights in Maryland: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, approved by 52.4 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure was originally passed in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. State law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law permits any adult to petition to adopt and recognizes same-sex couples as co-parents.

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With marriage now legal, Md. to end partner benefits for gay state workers

Saturday, May 4, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Governor of Maryland has notified state employees that shared benefits for domestic partners will end on December 31, and if they want to continue their health insurance coverage, they'll have to get married. [...]

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Doctor withdraws as Johns Hopkins commencement speaker over anti-gay remarks

Thursday, April 11, 2013
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BALTIMORE — A Baltimore pediatric neurosurgeon who made derogatory comments comparing same-sex marriage to bestiality has withdrawn as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. [...]

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Transgender protections bill fails to pass Maryland senate committee

Thursday, March 14, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would have prohibited discrimination against transgender Marylanders in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations, failed on Thursday to pass a committee vote. [...]

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Non- discrimination laws will improve the lives of transgender Marylanders — and everyone else

Thursday, February 28, 2013
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The largest study on transgender populations in the country found that one in five Maryland respondents report having lost their job due to being transgender; 12 percent have been, or are homeless and over half of the transgender population has been harassed and or denied service in a public space, [...]

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Ethics panel criticizes Md. lawmaker for ‘official’ rant against Ravens’ linebacker

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An ethics panel has criticized a Maryland lawmaker for using his official letterhead to urge Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to restrain linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from publicly supporting same-sex marriage. [...]

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Maryland lawmakers introduce transgender rights bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [...]

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Cub Scout pack rescinds gay-welcoming policy under threat of losing its charter

Saturday, January 26, 2013
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A Cub Scout pack in Maryland has been forced to rescind its gay-inclusive non-discrimination policy in order to keep its charter with the Boy Scouts of America. [...]

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Maryland lawmaker claims marriage votes spurred alcohol abuse

Monday, January 14, 2013
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A Maryland lawmaker told a local newspaper last week that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse. Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) told the Maryland Gazette in an interview the newspaper posted to its website on Saturday that he felt “betrayed” when [...]

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University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [...]

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Westboro protesters met by crowd of 250 counter-protesters in Maryland

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Westboro Baptist Church members protest Maryland's same-sex marriage law in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday.Photo © Anna Staver.
Four members of the anti-gay extremist Westboro Baptist Church were met by 250 counter-protesters on Wednesday morning when they arrived outside the Anne Arundel Circuit Court building in Annapolis to protest the state's recently enacted marriage equality law. [...]

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